Drummy welcomes home FA Cup tie as incentive to beat Bristol Rovers

Crawley Town boss Dermot Drummy. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160811-143923001
Crawley Town boss Dermot Drummy. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160811-143923001

Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy has welcomed the opportunity of a second round home tie in the FA Cup - if they progress.

Reds have drawn the winners of a battle between two non-league clubs, National League Barrow and Taunton Town from the Southern League Division 1 South & West in the second round.

The tie will be held over the weekend of December 3-4, but to be there they must themselves first overcome the considerable threat of fifth-placed League One side Bristol Rovers tonight.

Drummy warned: “We’ve got to get over Bristol Rovers, which is tough. If we can get there the fact we are at home is a massive incentive.”

“We’ve got to manage the crowd and try to not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes. It’ll be a game of two halves.

“We’ve held a side with ten men and we’ve got a result here to go to Bristol Rovers and play.

“Decisions happen on the pitch and you have to react to them, we planned the game really strongly and I thought the reaction of Matt and myself on the line managed the game well.”

Drummy admits he would love a place in the third round, perhaps a possible tie against one of his former clubs from the Premier League.

He said: “The opposition is there, with the financial benefits for the club and it will liven up the town!

“Arsenal would be a dream, going home to them. And certainly Chelsea I have an affection there as well. Those would be the two ties if we can dare to dream.”

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